Madeline Bailey – Radically Simple Accounting

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Radically Simple Accounting
Everyone who is self employed needs to learn accounting—it’s the language of business. If you own a business, or receive a 1099, you’re self-employed. But most accounting books are rigid and boring.

Radically Simple Accounting introduces a new way to learn accounting that is easy to learn. You are walked through setting up or fixing your chart of accounts, so it’s a self-help type of book, which makes it engaging. You’ll also learn a great deal about being self-employed in the US, including deductions you might be missing, standard financial reports, working with accounting professionals, and so much more.

Tell us something about yourself.

A business analyst with 28 years of PC expertise, I began my financial career as a computer programmer for accounting software. I also have a BA in Business Management. It wasn’t until 1991 that I joined my husband as managing partner of our own software publishing company. Frustrated with the lack of financial visibility, I implemented QuickBooks Accounting Software for DOS, and profitability soared. Word of my success spread and soon the SBA and several entrepreneurs were asking me if I could do the same for them. This opened the door to founding QC Computing LLC in 1997, a consulting firm specializing in QuickBooks.

Now I’m one of the top-rated QuickBooks consultants/accountant in the greater Seattle, WA area. Technology permits me to work by dial-up with clients all over the US. I do not answer single tech support questions, but I am happy to do a one-afternoon consulting session. Hearing from readers is always a delight.

What inspired you to write this book?

While working as a QuickBooks accountant, I noticed a communication gap between some accountants and their clients. That’s when I discovered this simpler way to teach accounting.

Deeply spiritual, I wanted to make this information available to anyone with $20 or a library card. I recently released the audio book for free. I also donate 10% of proceeds to charity.

How did you choose the title?

‘Radical’ is defined as proceeding from the root; marked by a sharp departure from the usual or traditional. The book introduces a new approach to accounting that’s amazingly simple. By shifting the reader’ attention from debits and credits to their business model, I engage them in something that interests them. If there’s one thing that interests people, it’s their money!

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Subjects that are ahead of their time rarely attract publishers, and I had owned a software publishing company so I already knew how to self-publish. Just don’t get discouraged if you have to do everything twice; that’s the norm for self-publishing.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I had a world-class education and a wonderful library even at home that supported my love of books. I started my first real book in my 20’s. What I learned over the years is that I need to write about a subject that I’d be interested in being a role-model for and talking about for the long term, because marketing goes on way longer than writing.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Everything went exceptionally well. Except the first self-publisher I chose, Booksurge, did a terrible job for me, including they assigned a release date that was 2 months before the true publish date. A later publish date is always better. Two months after the true publish date that would be ideal. The book is in its 2nd printing so it doesn’t matter now.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I’m an avid reader of business books. I have a list of business books I recommend on my website, I include little blurbs about each book because my list is very long, and my friends want to know why I recommend a book, so I figure that’s what a reader wants too.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m working on ideas for my next book, listening to what readers/clients want. I tend to formulate the book in my head before I start writing.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Edit long past everyone else’s tolerance point. Pay people to edit for you if necessary. My editing process was so long that lots of people gave up on me saying that I would never finish, but they have never published anything. I knew that I had a discovered something wonderful and long-lasting so I wanted to create the best book I could create, and that kept me going. I overcame the challenge of writing a technical book for entry-level readers by getting lots of readers, and editing behind them. And to make up for my lack of writing skills, I used the fact that I’m an avid reader to edit and edit and edit the book until it flowed. The book gets excellent reviews from readers so it was worthwhile.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Anyone who would benefit from improving their accounting (or learning it in the first place)!

Besides business owners, solopreneurs, and 1099 recipients, I encourage every junior bookkeeper to read this book. Accounting students can learn a great deal from this easy-to-read book that’ll help them with their textbook work. CPA’s, EA’s, and Accounting Instructors tend to be interested in this book to support their class/practice.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

For more information on the book, reader’s reviews, and book excerpts, please go to my website at
You can buy the eBook or download the free audiobook at
Print Books for sale at

Your library will order the book at your request.